How To Resize and UnPin Windows 8 Metro Tiles

Resize Metro App Tiles Windows 8We’re all in love with the Windows 8 Metro app tiles. They look great and make navigating around a breeze. Today I came across a new feature–resizing and unpinning the Windows 8 Metro tiles. While the resizing option is very limited (just 2 sizes) in the Dev build, I like that Microsoft gave us a little more control so we can customize the Metro Desktop if desired.

Let’s get started with a quick groovyVideo followed by a standard step-by-step How-To w/screenshots.



For non-tablets (Desktop and Virtual Machine) installs, right-click on the Desktop Tile to display to the Options bar at the bottom of the screen.

For Tablet users, Touch the App and Flick Down to open the Options bar.

Resize Metro App Tiles Windows 8 Desktop

The bar will display a few options including Smaller, Larger or Unpin (depending on the App tile you click on and if the app is small or large).

Click Smaller.

Resize Metro App Tiles Windows 8 Smaller

Your Desktop App Tile should now be a small Square. Repeat the Process and click Larger to return it to its normal size.

Note: Some apps like Control Panel have just one size so don’t freak out if you can’t resize everything. Keep this in mind and don’t freak out if you can’t resize all apps.

Smaller Desktop App

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  1. Nausher

    September 27, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    How can I make the single box sized tiles larger?
    I can make the bigger tiles smaller, but I am unable to make the tiles I create larger than 1×1 square.

  2. Hostinsight

    April 23, 2012 at 11:40 am

    I wish that I could resize the tiles variable.. I’ve just gone over the max width so have to scroll like half an inch which is irritating. But all in all, I’m loving Windows 8.

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